The Quick Answer
Gravel is actually one of the cheapest solutions for decorating a driveway or patio ranging from £50m² – £110m². It is so cheap because it is a simple product to use and the installation process is relatively straight forward compared with some other paving options. Although gravel is very cost effective it does lack some integral properties that other options have. Gravel grids are a great way of removing some of the problems by strengthening the product. Much like any other form of decorative surfacing, the cost of a gravel driveway depends on a number of factors.
- How big is the area
- What has to be removed from the area
- The location of the job
- Who is carrying out the work
Key Factors Affecting The Cost Of A Gravel Driveway
The size of the area will impact the price of the job. Price is usually worked out per meter squared. Most installers have a minimum charge for the service so please bare this in mind if the area is particularly small.
In order for a gravel driveway to be installed correctly the existing base must be excavated to a minimum of 200mm. If the existing area requires more work to be excavated the price will usually reflect his. For example, if the base is solid (concrete or tarmac) it will require more work than if it consisted of mud and grass.
The location of the job will have a large impact on the cost of the installation. As mentioned when discussing the cost of the other paving solutions, generally speaking, the cost per meter squared is considerably more in the South of England than in the North.
Getting the right contractor for the job is essential for you to feel comfortable that your driveway is in good hands. If you feel you are being taken advantage of then do not hesitate to contact us for advice regarding quotations you are unsure of. We are here to help if you need it! We vet all of our installers and separate the good guys from the cowboys so you know you are getting a trusted quote.
THREE WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR DRIVEWAY
Consider waiting until the winter.If you are on a tight budget it may be worth holding off until the winter season to have your job completed. Driveway companies are often much quieter during December – March and will be very eager for work. You will often find that contractors will offer you discounted rates in order to win your job. This doesn’t mean you can’t ask for quotes now and arrange with contractors to commence work in the quiet period. This can also be beneficial to your as the waiting period will be reduced as contractors will have less work booked in.
Upgrade the area. A larger area will obviously mean a more expensive project. The beauty in this tip lies in the value for money. If you are looking at having your driveway done but you also have pathways and a patio it is a good idea to get a quote on these areas as well. Contractors tend to offer a better price/m² when quoting a larger area.
Choose an affordable aggregate. Gravel aggregates vary in price. Although this surfacing option is the cheapest it is still a good idea to shop around for best aggregate for your money.